Trekking the lost world

A pack, a trail and yourself is everything you need. Think of it as Zen on foot: you eat when you’re hungry, you trek and you sleep when it’s time to rest. Despite the effort, roaming freely on the trail is satisfying in a way few things in our normally hectic lives can be. Crafted for the avid trekkers, the itinerary follows an imaginary line from north to south of the Apuseni Mountains, passing through forests, deep gorges, mountain pastures and karst plateaus, all in one: a true lost world. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views; gentle winds and great mountain people who live close to Mother Earth and always happy to share their view upon life with you, without asking you: “Why on Earth are you climbing the mountains?”

TRIP’S HIGHLIGHTS:

• Trek and discover typical landscapes of Apuseni Mountains: forests, glades, caves, underground glaciers, karstic springs and whirlpools, sinkholes.
• Discover and learn about the occurrence, mechanisms and the way a karst system works and interacts with the natural environment.
• Interact with local people, listen to their stories and learn about their lifestyle.

TRIP DETAILS:

Start/end: Oradea or Cluj-Napoca (options to pick you up/drop you at Timisoara or Budapest airports are available too).
Trip length: 8 days/ 7 nights
Activity level: moderate
Group size : min 2 - max 8
Price: from 450 euro/pers. to 876 euro/pers.(lowest is per person for group of 8, highest is per person for a group of 2)

Availability for 2019

• 22-Mar-19
• 29-Mar-19
• 12-Apr-19
• 19-Apr-19
• 26-Apr-19
• 03-May-19
• 10-May-19
• 17-May-19
• 24-May-19
• 31-May-19
• 07-Jun-19
• 14-Jun-19
• 21-Jun-19
• 28-Jun-19
• 02-Aug-19
• 09-Aug-19
• 16-Aug-19
• 23-Aug-19
• 30-Aug-19
• 06-Sep-19
• 13-Sep-19
• 20-Sep-19
• 27-Sep-19
• 04-Oct-19
• 11-Oct-19
• 18-Oct-19

Other Options

Don’t see a date that fits your schedule? Have a group of friends and the willing to make this trip a custom one? Contact us, let us know your ideas and wishes and we’ll come back to you with a confirmation. Beyond tracking: traditional way of life, mountain culture, traditional crafts, cave visits.

Day 1 & 2

Stana de Vale - Varasoaia Glade Enjoy a trail along the mountain ridge to reach the central part of Apuseni Mountains, Padis karst plateau. This is the ideal destination for backpackers willing to discover the exceptional natural attractions of the area.

Day 3 & 4

Padis karst plateau Discover the famous Padis plateau and its highlights: Varasoaia Glade and its lake – a typical karst lake; Padis Plain; Balileasa Glade (a karstic depression shaped like a valley formed by the unification of several sinkholes); Ponor Glade and the impressive karst phenomena, Cetatile Ponorului (Fortress of Ponor).

Day 5 & 6

Casa de Piatra hamlet- Ghetar plateau Explore the wilderness of the Lumea Pierduta (Lost World) plateau and discover its iconic attractions. Relax in Casa de Piatra hamlet, a typical mountain settlement. Visit Calineasa Glade, a place where hundreds of moti people meet in summer while they bring their animals for pasturing.

Day 7 & 8

Ghetar plateau – Arieseni & departure Visit Scarisoara ice cave, the largest underground glacier in the world. Enjoy the sound of tulnic (a local version of alpenhorn) and a farewell dinner.

The price includes:

  • Local transfers by car including transfer from and back to airport.
  • 3 meals per day (starting with dinner on first day and ending with breakfast on departure day).
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in mountain cabins and guesthouses ranked with 2** (daisies, according to Romanian legislation for rural tourism); rooms have 2, 3, 4 beds with ensuite or shared bathrooms
  • Guidance and all expenses related with the guide
  • Costs related to trip preparation
  • Team equipment
  • All entrance fees to local museum or caves
  • Craft demonstration fees
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • The price does not include:

    Personal drinks and refreshments, insurance, souvenirs and personal items purchased during the trip, lodging before and after the trip, gratuities for Apuseni Experience guides, other personal costs
    Note: We are always open to our customer’s demands and needs.Therefore, the itinerary described above can be adjusted accordingly in what regards the period and the activities included. Please contact us for more details.

    Cetatile Ponorului mountain cabin

    Padis area | Bihor Mountains The cabin, recently restored is the only place in the area to offer a comfortable accommodation and is situated close to most of the important natural highlights from Padis area. It has rooms with 2-4-6 beds (can host up to 60 persons) with shared or en suite bathrooms, a large dinning room and all facilities such as electricity, running cold and hot water, central heating. It also has a large terrace with nice wooden benches and tables and a place for barbeque and camp fire.

    Gligor guesthouse

    Casa de Piatra | Bihor Mountains This family owned and operated guesthouse is located in the heart of the hamlet of Casa de Piatra. The guesthouse has simple but yet comfortable rooms decorated with wood and accented by charming details. The whole area is very romantic and picturesque; a little hamlet with just few houses spread here and there, surrounded by rocky forested mountain heights. The food is cooked by Tanti Dorica, the landlady and the soul of the whole place – a mountain woman full of joy and energy, always kind and smiling

    Scarisoara guesthouse

    Ghetar Hamlet | Bihor Mountains Nestled in the tiny village of Ghetar, only a short distance from the famous Scarisoara Ice Cave lays Scarisoara guesthouse. A family run guesthouse recently extended, in which one can still feel the smell of the fir-tree largely used for construction. The owners, a Moţi family, are well known for their warm hospitality. The guesthouse has rooms with double beds and en suite bathroom, rooms with three beds with shared bathroom and an apartment with 2 rooms with en suite bathroom. It also has a terrace, a large living-room and a room for meetings and conferences. Facilities include central heating, running cold and hot water, access to the kitchen (fridge also) and wash-house. Close to the guesthouse there is the family’s animal’s farm and a restored old traditional house while in the large, picturesque surrounding glades you can see hayricks raised by the family during summer. Iuliana is famous for the traditional cheese and blueberry-pies she makes and most of the ingredients she uses in the meals she cooks are originally from the animals they breed.

    'Well planned though flexible when wanted or needed. With Paul and Andrei as our personal guides we had the opportunity to learn all we wanted about the geography, history and culture of the area. The Apuseni.Mountains are not yet spoiled by mass tourism and we sincerely hope it will remain like this for many years to come. We have experienced the welcome for guests of local people instead of being a number in a larger organisation.'
    Mike
    Janine and Mart
    he Netherlands